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Volkswagen T-Cross Review

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  • Launched in 2018
  • Small SUV
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2018
  • Body type
    Small SUV
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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heycar rating
Good drive but cheap plastics

Best bits

  • Big on comfort
  • Practical space for people and luggage
  • Perky 1.0-litre turbo petrol engines

Not so great

  • A few too many hard interior plastics
  • Noisy diesel engine
  • A touch pricier than some in the class

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Overall verdict

"The T-Cross is Volkswagen's answer to the likes of the Nissan Juke and Peugeot 2008. It’s a small SUV that's designed to be practical, good to drive and have a dash of style too. It looks like a tiny SUV but costs the same to run as a normal car"

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Of course, there's no shortage of small SUVs on the market, so the T-Cross makes a strong case for itself as one of the best around with a practical interior, excellent refinement and a great 1.0-litre engine. 


It's even reasonably priced against the competition, with prices starting at around £17,000, so it might not be the cheapest but this is balanced out by strong residual values thanks to that Volkswagen badge to offset its list price and keep lease costs reasonable.


Think of the T-Cross as a small SUV crossover version of the Polo and you get the idea of its size. While its small size makes it great in supermarket car parks, it's big enough inside to make this a viable family car with space for kids in the back and a decent sized boot too, which is larger than a Ford Focus' in fact thanks to the car's high roof.


While the interior is solid and well built, there's quite a lot of hard plastic which is a little disappointing given the 'premium' image that comes with the Volkswagen badge and the T-Cross’ pricing. There are a few other small things like the exposed bolts for the base of the back seats.


Thankfully, driving the T-Cross is an easy, pleasurable experience. It handles in a safe, predictable manner and feels very reassuring at motorway speeds where it happily cruises along with little road or wind noise. But what makes the T-Cross stand out is the excellent 1.0 TSI engine - available with 95 or 115PS.


The three-cylinder unit gives the T-Cross some much needed character and has a surprising turn of pace for such a small engine. Combined with a slick manual gearbox, it means the T-Cross can be fun to drive.


There is also a 1.6 TDI turbodiesel but unless you're doing mammoth mileages – where you can make the most of its excellent fuel economy – it’s not worth bothering about and Volkswagen reckons juts five per cent of T-Cross customers will choose it. It's also not particularly refined, with lots of noise and vibration making its way into the cabin. 


The T-Cross will tick a lot of boxes for buyers who want a vehicle that is comfortable, practical and enjoyable to drive but still compact in size. It makes an ideal family motor and is cheap to run too. We think it's the best small SUV on the market right now. 

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1.0 TSI 115 SE 5dr DSG

  • 2020
  • 5,069 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Lookers Volkswagen Guildford
  • Surrey, GU11SD
Price:£20,999
PCP: £369.05/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £369.05, Customer Deposit: £3,149.00, Total Deposit: £3,149.85, Optional Final Payment: £8,762.50, Total Charge For Credit: £3,830.10, Total Amount Payable: £24,829.10, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.87%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4.78ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

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1.0 TSI 115 R-Line 5dr

  • 2021
  • 2,000 miles
  • Lookers Volkswagen Carlisle
  • Cumberland, CA12UR
Price:£24,799
PCP: £406.54/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £406.54, Customer Deposit: £3,719.00, Total Deposit: £3,719.85, Optional Final Payment: £10,495.00, Total Charge For Credit: £3,644.75, Total Amount Payable: £28,443.75, Representative APR: 7.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 7.87%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4.78ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Volkswagen T-Cross right for you?

In the compact crossover class, the Volkswagen T-Cross stands out against the likes of the Nissan Juke and Vauxhall Mokka for its superb cabin space. There’s a surprising amount of room inside for a car with a relatively small footprint and the boot is also a good size. All of this means the T-Cross is capable of being your only car.


The engines in the T-Cross are another attraction. We’d steer clear of the diesel and head for the 1.0-litre turbo petrol motor that is punchy and smooth. It has low running costs, too.


Another attraction with the T-Cross is the way it drives. The petrol engine offers good performance and refinement, while the ride and handling show the others in this class how to strike the right balance between smoothness and agility.

What’s the best Volkswagen T-Cross model/engine to choose?

Without hesitation, we’d recommend the 1.0 TSI turbo petrol engine in the Volkswagen T-Cross. It comes in 95- and 115PS versions and both are smooth, refined and deliver decent performance. If you need a bit of extra power for carrying more people on a regular basis or spend a lot of time on the motorway, the more powerful 115PS motor makes better sense. For town-bound drivers, the 95PS will be more than up to the job.


These engines can be had with manual or DSG dual-clutch automatic gearboxes. Unless you really need the auto, we’d stick to the manual. The five-speeder in the 95PS version has the slicker shift, while the six-speeder with the 115PS model gives a little more flexibility.


As for trim, we’d look to the SE that builds on the generous spec of the S with 17-inch alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, app connectivity for the infotainment, and a variable height boot floor.

What other cars are similar to the Volkswagen T-Cross?

It’s impossible to consider small SUV crossovers without mentioning the Nissan Juke. It’s a strong contender thanks to bold looks and a well put together, comfortable cabin. However, it’s not quite as good to drive as the Volkswagen T-Cross.


The Vauxhall Mokka X is another big hitter in this class and is keenly priced. It also has plenty of choice in trim levels and low running costs, though it misses the panache of the Volkswagen’s fit and finish.


Others to look at also include the Skoda Kamiq, SEAT Arona, Renault Captur, Mazda CX-3 and Ford Puma, or if you’re feeling a bit more flush you could consider the Audi Q2 or BMW X1.

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Volkswagen T-Cross Front Interior

On the inside

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Driving

Volkswagen T-Cross Built-in Sat Nav

How much does it cost to run

Volkswagen T-Cross Rear View

Prices, versions and specification

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